Backgound activity

>> Friday, June 12, 2009

Bug's Doctor's, Van Orman and Vincent have both commented on his background activity on his EEG's. While we were hoping the medication would help this, it appears to not be the case. Although, at a non-therapeutic level we have seen some very positive behaviors. We can expect better things from higher levels but we will not set our hopes too high. We will just enjoy what we have.

The background activity which was 'very unfortunate to see' is so because of what it usually means. The first thing Doctors usually run to is encephalopathy. The very best description I have found for encephalopathy is from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes:

"Encephalopathy is a term for any diffuse disease of the brain that alters brain function or structure. Encephalopathy may be caused by infectious agent (bacteria, virus, or prion), metabolic or mitochondrial dysfunction, brain tumor or increased pressure in the skull, prolonged exposure to toxic elements (including solvents, drugs, radiation, paints, industrial chemicals, and certain metals), chronic progressive trauma, poor nutrition, or lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain. The hallmark of encephalopathy is an altered mental state. Depending on the type and severity of encephalopathy, common neurological symptoms are progressive loss of memory and cognitive ability, subtle personality changes, inability to concentrate, lethargy, and progressive loss of consciousness. Other neurological symptoms may include myoclonus (involuntary twitching of a muscle or group of muscles), nystagmus (rapid, involuntary eye movement), tremor, muscle atrophy and weakness, dementia, seizures, and loss of ability to swallow or speak. Blood tests, spinal fluid examination, imaging studies, electroencephalograms, and similar diagnostic studies may be used to differentiate the various causes of encephalopathy."

I will be discussing what he really thinks it is once he has the chance to study it more closely and I will run it by Dr. Vincent as well. We have to get this right. I am focused on helping him once I know what his capabilities truly are. No sense in pushing him too hard if he is functionally not capable of comprehending what I want from him. Doesn't mean we won't try.

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